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Tallinn Black Nights sub-festival PÖFF Shorts screens fresh short films by celebrated feature directors

Still from Yorgos Lanthimos, (The FavouriteThe Killing Of A Sacred DeerLobster), new short film Nimic, featuring Matt Dillon


Titled Homecoming, the PÖFF Shorts programme will screen films by directors who have been featured in previous editions of Black Nights with their feature films. The programme features films by Yorgos Lanthimos, Peter Strickland, Sudhanshu Saria, Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel, and Teemu Nikki.

The programme will showcase films by celebrated directors whose feature films have screened in previous editions of  Black Nights and received a warm response from audiences. One returnee to Tallinn this year is Indian director Sudhanshu Saria presenting the European premiere of his new short film Knock Knock Knock. His debut feature Loev had its world premiere in the Black Nights First Feature Competition in 2015, the programme he returned to oversee as a jury member in 2016. His new film, which had its world premiere at the Busan IFF, is a thriller set in Darjeeling, revolving around a Bengali man who designs puzzles and a Nepalese boy.

Also alumni of the First Feature Competition are UK directors Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel who’s dystopian feature The White King had its international premiere in Tallinn in 2016. Their new short film NYET – A Brexit Farce, presents another dystopic world, although in a slightly more comedic manner this time.

Also included in the selection is Yorgos Lanthimos, who’s numerous features have screened at PÖFF (The FavouriteThe Killing Of A Sacred DeerLobster) with his new short film Nimic, featuring Matt Dillon in the lead role. Peter Strickland whose In Fabric and Berberian Sound Studio screened at PÖFF and its side-festival HÕFF, is featured with GUO4, a confrontation between two swimmers in a locker room. Teemu Nikki, who’s Euthanizer shocked the PÖFF audience in 2017, is featured with All Inclusive, a Cannes entry that’s loaded with dark Finnish humor, telling the story of a man who gets a chance for empowerment after the woman he’s loved his whole life makes him a life-altering gift.


All Inclusive, 2019, Finland, director: Teemu Nikki
GUO4, 2019, Hungary, director: Peter Strickland
Knock Knock Knock, 2019, India, director: Sudhanshu Saria
Nimic, 2019 Germany / USA /Great Britain, director: Yorgos Lanthimos
NYET! - a Brexit UK Border Farce, 2019, Great Britain, directors: Alex Helfrecht, Jörg Tittel



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About Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Started in 1997, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has grown into one of the biggest film festivals in Northern Europe and busiest regional industry platforms, hosting more than 1000 guests and industry delegates and over 160 journalists. The festival screens around 250 features and more than 300 shorts and animations and sees an attendance of 80 000 people annually. In 2017 the festival was covered in 71 languages with a potential global media audience of over 1.1 billion people.

As of 2014 the festival holds the FIAPF accreditation for holding an international competition programme which puts the festival into the so- called A-category of film festivals, alongside other 14 festivals in the world (including Cannes, Berlinale, Venice, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Shanghai, Tokyo etc).  

Black Nights has an umbrella structure with two sub-festivals PÖFF Shorts and youth and children's film festival Just Film taking place concurrently with the main festival,
two off-season festivals - Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and Tartu Love Film Festival - and a fully-fledged film industry platform Industry@Tallinn, organised jointly with the Baltic Event Co-production market.

Black Nights Film Festival 16 Nov - 2 Dec
PÖFF Shorts 20 Nov - 25 Nov
Just Film 16 Nov - 2 Dec
Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event 26 Nov - 30 Nov



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